Saturday, July 12, 2008

An added benefit of my bird feeder the last two summers has been the sunflowers that spring up from sunflower seeds dropped by the birds into my potted plants. I've never had any luck trying intentionally to grow sunflowers, but these volunteers are pretty hardy.

I guess I have a reputation for having a bit of wanderlust, because although I've been on two vacations in the last six weeks, I've had a couple of people ask me this week when I'm taking my next trip. I don't have anything planned, but I do have a couple ideas.

I've thought about maybe hitting Italy in the fall. It's been 21 years since my last trip to Europe. My, how time flies . . . This remains a possibilty, circumstances permitting.

More typical of how I come up with vacation plans though, is the following. I enjoy the Scotland based mysteries of M.C. Beaton featuring Hamish MacBeth, set in the Scottish Highlands. I learned through my membership in a fans of British Mysteries group on Ravelry that the BBC made a series of tv shows starring Robert Carlyle as MacBeth. I've watched the first two series, and should have the third series from Netflix today. It's a quirky show about a small Scottish town in the Western Highlands, and the scenery is simply spectacular. The show is shot in the Lochalsh/Skye region of Western Scotland, and I'm strongly thinking about planning a trip there next summer. (Having spent a summer in Edinburgh, I wouldn't think about taking a walking trek In Scotland in the winter . . .).
This is my "to do" list for the weekend - most need no explanation:
movies (I watched Michael Clayton last night)
em's photos (I told my niece I'd get her photos from NYC printed up)
go to the office to pick up files to work at home on Monday
However, I'm setting my goals pretty low for this weekend . . .
and thanks to Edit, I may add baking red velvet cupcakes to the list.


Blogger sage said...

I'd love to walk Scotland! Sounds like you have some good options... I have one more trip this summer--a week of paddling in Western Ontario. And I brought a Walleye rod today!

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Blogger LA said...

Hear, hear on the red velvet cupcakes. I can't stop thinking about them. THANKS, EDIT!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

sage - nice! can't wait to see some photos and read your fish storoes!

la - I bought the ingredients today!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Princess in Galoshes said...

Oh lord, red velvet cupcakes are my favorite. Can I come over?

12:46 PM  
Blogger ____Maggie said...

The sunflower is lovely! We have two and both were pretty and stood tall for a day! The next day they looked liked old stooped women. :)

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Blogger Karen said...

Hubby and I love the British Mysteries. Do you watch 'Mystery' on PBS?

The series is on now, this year called Masterpiece Mystery! on Sunday evening.

My favs are Foyle's War and Inspector Lynley.

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